Zamfara govt confirms recovery of 40 vehicles from ex-gov Matawalle – Punch Newspapers


Zamfara state government has confirmed the operation of the Nigeria Police Force that led to the recovery of vehicles looted by the former state Governor, Bello Matawalle.

Recall that security agents stormed Matawalle’s residence on Friday while some vehicles were recovered and impounded by the police.

In a statement issued on Friday night in Gusau, the Spokesperson of the Zamfara Governor, Sulaiman Idris, revealed that the Police acted on a court order while a search warrant was obtained before the operation.

The statement read in part: “Recall that the Zamfara State Government has communicated officially to former Governor Bello Matawalle and his Deputy to return all the missing vehicles within five (5) working days.

“We also lodged an official complaint with the Police on overriding public interest on wasteful looting of valuables including official vehicles.

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“Consequently, the Police sought a search warrant which was duly given by the court and hence raided Matawalle’s residence in Gusau, Maradun Local Government, and another unidentified hideout.

“Over 40 vehicles were recovered including Three bulletproof vehicles and Eight SUVs.

“We want to reaffirm our commitment to recover all that belongs to the people. Our common resolve is to rescue and rebuild Zamfara. Recovering the proceeds of crime and public assets is a critical part of our rescue mission.

“We want to call on the people of Zamfara to remain calm as we continue to record massive improvements in the areas of security and the lingering water scarcity in the state”. ,

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